New way to inject oxygen excites medical science

June 30th, 2012 - 4:51 pm ICT by IANS  

London, June 30 (IANS) A new way of administering oxygen into blood, that could allow people to stay alive without breathing, has been discovered.

The amazing breakthrough could change medical science by eliminating the need to keep patients breathing during complex operations, Daily Mail reported Saturday.

The procedure, which works by injecting oxygen molecules enclosed in fatty molecules directly into the bloodstream, could grant people an extra 30 minutes of life when they cannot breathe.

John Kheir, of the Boston Children’s Hospital, was inspired to begin his groundbreaking research after he experienced a patient’s tragic death, according to ScienceDaily.

He found that using fatty molecules called lipids was the best way to retain oxygen after using sound waves to trap the two substances together into particles so small they can only be seen with the help of a microscope.

The particles were then made up into a liquid which is very heavily oxygenated - carrying “three to four times the oxygen content of our own red blood cells”, according to Kheir.

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